Creating hands-on learning experiences in the arts and humanities will be the centerpiece of a new program at Albion College, funded by a $100,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation announced in September.“This important grant recognizes the exciting potential within our arts and humanities departments ... and it acknowledges the fine work that the faculty are already doing,” said President Mauri Ditzler. “It also underscores the vitality of Albion’s academic programs ... and the respect they have earned in the higher education community.”
Centered on Community
Starting in Fall 2015, Albion College will annually offer four-year tuition, room, and board to as many as 10 first-year students who are Albion residents and attended Albion Public Schools in grades 6-8. Read more
President Ditzler talks about the initiative on WBCK-FM
Reopening the Bohm: Read about a landmark internship for Andrea Walles, '15
Albion College's Sister City efforts earn a national award
Watch an expert panel discuss "Albion Tomorrow"
"Personifying persistence and purpose" would be a good way to describe Mikal McKoy's Albion experience. The junior psychological science major, a two-sport student-athlete in football and men's track, missed a semester due to finances. During that time, he was shaken by the death of his best friend and former high school teammate. Since then, McKoy has returned to Albion and embraced campus leadership opportunities: he's a resident assistant, a director for the Black Student Alliance, and he was a speaker at President Ditzler's inauguration. He's also moved up the wide receiver depth chart and ran a leg as part of a conference-champion relay team.
Internships usually provide knowledge and new skills; some lead to permanent employment. For Andrea Walles, ’15, her experience went further: she landed a seat on the board of directors. “I’ve been appointed to a three-year term, even though I’m graduating in a year,” says Walles, who spent last spring semester working with Albion’s Friends of the Bohm Theatre. The internship, offered through the Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service, was made possible by the Class of 1960 Albion Community Intern Endowment.
"I came back for the guys I came in with," says Chris Jakubik, '14. The Gerstacker Institute student and senior all-league cornerback for the Albion College football team slowed his course work last spring to take advantage of a remaining year of athletic eligibility. Along the way, he saw an accounting and finance internship at one of the town's leading manufacturers turn into a full-time position over the summer. For Jakubik this fall, it's a full plate of final courses, work, and football. "It has been a wild ride," he says.
More than 280 high school students from southern Michigan will gather at Albion College's Goodrich Chapel for Choral Fest on Friday, October 17. The Marshall Singers and groups from 10 other high schools will perform throughout the day. At 2:30 p.m., all groups will gather with Albion College students for a short performance featuring more than 300 vocalists.
"Since 1984, Hagerty Insurance (founded by Kim Hagerty, '78) has been the world's largest insurer of classic cars and boats," writes Schubert, '15, who completed an internship over the summer at the Traverse City-based firm. "In 2014, Fortune magazine put the company at No. 6 on its Best Medium-Size Companies to Work For list—and it is very obvious why."
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